It Happened on the Underground Railroad: Remarkable Events that Shaped History

It Happened on the Underground Railroad: Remarkable Events that Shaped History

by Tricia Martineau Wagner

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It Happened on the Underground Railroad: Remarkable Events that Shaped History by Tricia Martineau Wagner

From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous “road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. Learn about the bakery where Frederick Douglass was first helped to freedom. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493015740
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Series: It Happened in America Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tricia Martineau Wagner is a presenter, independent research historian, and the author of It Happened on the Oregon Trail, Black Cowboys of the Old West, and African American Women of the Old West (all Globe Pequot Press). She lives in Denver, North Carolina.

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Solomon Northrup held his aching head in his hands as he winced in pain. Fragmented visions of the previous night floated in his mind: two men; dinner and draught at a tavern; the sudden onset of feeling ill. Then visions of Solomon’s hometown of Sarasota Springs, New York came to mind: images of his wife and family; the hack he drove for the hotel; carpentry work; playing his violin for his three children. Suddenly an intense shooting pain brought Solomon Northrup slowly to consciousness. The weight and the sound of clinking chains fully awakened him.

A sliver of light came from a barred window high on the wall, barely illuminating a sole wooden bench in the small room. He sat up abruptly and adjusted his eyes to the dark. The dank smell indicated he was below ground. Solomon was chained in shackles and caged up like an animal in a dungeon. This was no dream from his bed in Sarasota Springs—it was the beginning of a nightmare.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Selected Routes of the Underground Railroad
The Twelve-Year Mistake—1841
On a Dare—Mid 1860s
What Goes Around Comes Around—1864
In the Dark of Night—1859
Downriver—Mid 1850s
My Better Half—1846
Remember Me—1850
Mission Impossible—1851
This Side Up—1849
Seven Years in Hiding—1835
Freedom Train—1857
Read All About It!—1850
The Art of Passing—1848
The House on the Hill—1838
I Have Come Back—1841
At What Price?—1848
The Devil—1838
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes—1846
Caught Between Black and White—1848
Baker’s Special—Mid 1840s
Where To, Sir?—1855
Reading the Stars—1847
The Eleventh Hour—1848
The Letter of the Law—1848
Not My Child—1856
Up a Tree—1854
Underground Railroad Facts and Trivia
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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